Magical Realism In Bless Me Ultima, By Rudolfo Anaya

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Imagine someone is walking down the street and they walk by a nine foot tall man but pay no attention to him and act as if this is a normal occurrence. That is magical realism when the magical and mundane are interwoven so seamlessly that the magical becomes the mundane. There are three main elements to magical realism which are that it is one set in an otherwise ordinary world, two the magical and the ordinary are put together so well it makes the magical seem normal and third the story bears the influences of oral tradition.
Magical realism is a story that is set in an otherwise ordinary world, with familiar historical and/or cultural realities. For example in “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” what they assume to be an angel is found sitting in the mud outside they Pelayo’s house, they locked him in the chicken pen and people were “tossing him things to eat through the openings in the wire as if weren’t a supernatural creature but a circus animal.” This establishes that even though this something they held in high esteem in their religion and now they cage him up and treat him more like a circus animal because they do not know how to react and their first reaction is to be curious and to see what he does and how he reacts. “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya is about a boy named Antonio (Tony) and it very much incorporates cultural beliefs and lore that they have heard and become used to such as curanderos and brujas. Furthermore it became ordinary to hear the brujas
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